On Tuesday, April 22nd CLC celebrated Earth Day at all ten of our Public Conservation Areas (PCAs). Volunteers, members of local businesses, school groups, and of course staff raked clean the parking areas, washed and updated the kiosks, refreshed bluebird boxes, picked up lots of garbage, and cut back overgrown trails and invasive plants. We worked so hard that even a busy beaver came by to say hello. We enjoyed this rewarding day in great company of our volunteers, and took a refreshing walk in the woods afterwards discovering this Spring’s first wildflowers.
May 18, 2014; 10:00 – 1:00 pm
No-Bottom-Pond (Beebe State Forest), Austerlitz, NY
Join Claudia and Conrad Vispo from the Hawthorne Valley Farmscape Ecology Program for a leisurely (but somewhat long) walk through ancient and recently logged forest to a limestone outcrop at the shore of No-Bottom-Pond. Learn to recognize the spring flowers along the way and hear about their ecology and lore. All ages are welcome. The walk is free, but space is limited. Please register with Claudia Knab-Vispo (firstname.lastname@example.org or 518-672-7994).
May 11, 2014; 10:00 – Noon
Floodplain Forest on private land in Chatham Center
Join Claudia and Conrad Vispo from the Hawthorne Valley Farmscape Ecology Program for a leisurely walk in the floodplain of the Kinderhook Creek. Learn to recognize the spring flowers of this exceptionally rich plant community and hear about their ecology and lore. All ages are welcome. The walk is free, but space is limited. Please register with Claudia Knab-Vispo (email@example.com or 518-672-7994).
Join 1,000 supporters of local conservation at a beautiful Columbia County farm for a barbecue featuring live entertainment, kids activities, and demonstrations drawing from rural traditions. The 2014 Country Barbecue will be held on Sunday, May 25 from 4:30 to 8:00 pm in Old Chatham, NY, and includes delicious food sourced from local farms and an array of beer and wine. No matter where you are at the event, you’ll be close to a culinary experience. There are passed entrees, cheese platters, and two bars serving wine and local beer from award-winning Chatham Brewing. Visit the buffet to indulge a variety of passions. CONTINUE READING
Saturday, May 3 2014, 9:00 am-2:00 pm;
Crellin Community Park
2940 Rt. 66, Chatham, NY
An opportunity for the community to come together to buy/ sell/ swap farm and garden related goods and services. Vendors are welcome to bring small-to-medium size livestock, farm and garden tools, light machinery, farm products, etc. All animals must be kept in secure pens or cages throughout the event. No animals over 50 lbs will be allowed without prior approval from the Town of Chatham. Event is held rain or shine. Free event, no admission or vendor’s fee.
To reserve a spot, call (518) 392 – 3262. For more information, click here to email.
Saturday, May 3 2014, 10:00 am-4:00 pm;
Carey Conference Center
A training workshop for farmland-seekers and professionals that provides technical assistance about land and capital access and transition. Presented by the Agrarian Trust, NYS Agricultural Mediation Program, Carey Institute for Global Good, & Center for Agricultural Development & Entrepreneurship.
Come learn the essential skills of business communication and negotiation to navigate relationships with lenders, investors, partners, landowners, and neighbors. Join us for a training with experienced negotiation teachers Peter Glassman, Statewide Director of NYSAMP and Charlotte Carter, Executive Director of NYSDRA hosted by Agrarian Trust, CADE and the Carey Institute for Global Good.
Suggested Donation – $20, includes lunch. Questions can be directed to AnnMarie.
To register, click here.
As of last weekend, amphibian migrations have begun in the lower and mid-Hudson Valley, according to the DEC’s Hudson River Estuary Program and Cornell University. Reports from Albany and Rensselaer indicated it was still a little too cold for our northern neighbors. After the warm, dry days this week, it’s likely the next rainfall will bring out many more amphibians on their way to vernal pools (or heading back to the forest, if they got an early start on breeding). Watch out for migrating amphibians on our roads during these conditions!
CLC is among the many organizations helping to train volunteer scientists who survey roads and help crossing amphibians. As of last weekend, volunteers observed the following species: spotted salamander, Jefferson/blue-spotted salamander, four-toed salamanders, wood frogs, spring peepers, American toads, and northern redback salamanders. More information about amphibian migrations and identification guidance is available on the DEC monitoring website.
On April 22nd, Tuesday, we are hosting an Earth-Day Clean-up Volunteer Day at all ten of our Public Conservation Areas (PCAs) – and we invite you to celebrate with us!
Come to any of our PCAs starting at 10 am and stay for as long as you wish. Have a blast getting our Public Conservation Areas ready for the 2014 season, then at 2:00 pm join us for a guided walk and enjoy the woods we just improved. What better way to celebrate this international event in support of our planet – and Columbia County?
Please, register for this event and then email Nate Davis with the PCA location of your choice, so we know where we can expect you. We hope to see you, your family, and any helping hand you can bring!